A Complete Guide to Outdoor Floral Arrangements

You don’t have to be a gardening pro to create gorgeous outdoor floral arrangements for your home. All it takes is picking your favorite plants, choosing the right containers, and unleashing your creativity. You might be thinking floral arrangements are limited to vases of flowers on tables but outdoor floral arrangements can also mean pots of flowers, flower beds… pretty much anything as long as it can securely hold potting soil and artfully arranged flowers.

So let’s start from the bottom and work our way up… literally.

Choose Your Containers

From traditional options like flower beds to out-of-the-box choices like old boots and tires, there are many ways to grow and show off your outdoor floral arrangement. Here are some container ideas to show off your floral designs:

Flower Bed

Flower beds are an attractive way to add color and texture to your outdoor space. Plus, if your backyard boasts fertile soil full of microbial life, most of the prep work is already done for you! Flower beds can save you money on soil, but they also require a lot of planning and maintenance. Pests, erosion, and excessive irrigation are all challenges that come with in-ground flower beds. 

Raised Flower Beds 

A raised bed garden is another option for your outdoor floral arrangements. Unlike an in-ground garden, a raised flower bed involves growing plants above the surrounding soil in a wide enclosure made of wood, rock, concrete, or other similar materials. This type of gardening gives you more control over your soil, keeps pests away, and helps prevent erosion thanks to the garden’s elevated walls. However, the cost of building materials and high-quality soil can add up quickly, so keep this in mind.

Planters, Pots, and other Planting Paraphernalia

Planters and pots are similar to raised garden beds, but they don’t take up nearly as much space. They come in different colors, sizes, and materials, so you can easily find containers that complement your patio or deck. You can even get creative and sustainable with your planters by using recyclable items such as plastic bottles, old boxes, coffee cans, and boots that have seen better days.. As long as you cut drainage holes and fill them up with soil, anything can become a planter!


Vases are the easiest way to combine different flowers to form a beautiful floral arrangement. You can move the vases around your outdoor space to change up the look, gather vases in multiple heights, and use vases in different shapes and colors to make interesting floral focal points. The only issue is that cut flowers — flowers cut from their original plant and placed in a vase — have a short shelf life. Pro tip: Extend the life of fresh flowers by keeping the water and vase clean every day. Also keep an eye on the leaves and make sure none are touching or submerged in the water. But there are cut flowers that last longer than others. You can also try using dried flowers or artificial flowers as they will practically last forever.

Get in the Zone

Gardening requires a lot of planning, so you should get familiar with your plant hardiness zone. These zones help you determine which plants can grow and thrive in your respective area. For example, petunias grow well in Zones 9 to 11, which are hotter climates. If you don’t live in these areas, growing petunias can be difficult unless you have a greenhouse.

You also need to consider sun and shade when planning your outdoor floral arrangements. If you have a shaded backyard, shop for plants and flowers that don’t need much direct sunlight, such as hemlock, impatiens, and leopard plants. If your outdoor space doesn’t have much shade, go for plants that need full sun like lavender, Russian sage, and purple coneflower.

Something else to think about is frost dates — the average dates of the last light freeze of spring and the first light freeze of fall. Frost dates help you figure out the right time to plant certain flowers. For example, seed packets and transplant seedlings can provide instructions like “sow outside 3 to 5 weeks before your first frost date.” The Farmer’s Almanac is a great resource for finding your area’s first and last frost dates. 

When winter rolls around, most plants won’t survive the cold conditions. So can you can grow outdoor flowers indoors? Yes, you can bring your outdoor plants inside to help them get through the winter. However, certain plants don’t thrive as houseplants, especially if your house has limited light, warmth, or humidity. 

Find the Right Flowers

What are the best flowers for flower beds, pots, vases, etc.? We have the answers you seek. 


Black-Eyed Susan Coneflower Marigolds Begonias
Daffodils Pansies Snapdragons  


Star Flowers Fan Flowers Begonias
Impatiens Euphorbias Petunias


Lavendar Lilies Roses Sunflowers
Chrysanthemums Orchids Carnations  


Geraniums Impatiens Coleus
Wax Begonias Ageratums  

Decorating Tips

Once you figure out what plants and containers you want, it’s time to create your outdoor floral arrangements. Here are some quick tips to bring your floral fantasies to fruition.

  • Size matters — Whenever you’re combining different flowers together into one arrangement, consider the size of each plant. Place smaller plants around the edges of your container and larger ones in the middle. This design will help give your outdoor floral arrangements a gorgeous waterfall look.
  • Pair planters together — If your patio or deck feels a little empty with just one planter, group multiple planters together. It’ll give your outdoor space a fabulous focal point for you and your family to admire.
  • Choose colors that fit hue — Pick flower colors that complement the decor around your outdoor space. A cohesive color scheme will make your outdoor area look extra cozy and inviting.
  • Plant for privacy — If your home is too close to your neighbor’s house, border your backyard with tall plants like junipers or arborvitaes. They make beautiful privacy screens for outdoor spaces.

Whether you’re planning a fall garden and picking the best spring flowers to decorate your patio, let your creativity blossom (pun intended) when making outdoor floral arrangements. It’s a fun activity to show off your style and improve your home’s curb appeal.

Did you use any of these ideas to make your own outdoor floral arrangements? Let us know in the comments! 


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